New Mexico First Blog

Editorial: Voters shared concerns on crime at town hall

By Heather Balas, New Mexico First President and Executive Director  ..

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Mayoral town hall debate produces thoughtful, issue-based public safety questions


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New Mexico First Announces Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients

Awardees to be recognized at June “First Forum” ..

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2017 Legislative Session Policy Victories

Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform, water and education.  ..

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First Forum 2017 - Buy your tickets today!

First Forum 2017 - Buy your tickets today! U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott headline the event and awards ceremony.
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Ethics Commission Focus Group Findings Released

Should New Mexico establish an independent ethics commission to oversee its governmental officials? Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years, but all failed. To understand the reasons for the recurring efforts – as well as the objections – New Mexico First conducted a series of focus groups about the pros and cons of ethics legislation to answer this question. Meetings were held with current and former public officials, as well as members of the media. ..

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Economy Town Hall Registration Opening Soon!

New Mexico First Announces 2016 Town Hall Topic: Economic Security and Vitality! A vibrant economy is perhaps the most sought after policy goal for our state. For this reason, New Mexico First will hold a statewide town hall on economic security and vitality to develop practical recommendations for the future. The event will focus on economic strategies that address the needs of small and large businesses – as well as low and middle-income families. The event will encourage participants to think creatively about strengthening the states’ economic health in ways that reach people from all walks of life. ..

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Five Lawmakers and Community Leaders Honored for Bipartisanship

Five New Mexicans were honored for exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government and community. The awards were presented at the biannual First Forum lecture series, From Gridlock to Good Government. The awardees were chosen by a bipartisan committee including Janet Green, Gene Baca, Clint Harden, Leean Kravitz, Cynthia Nava and Heather Balas. Congratulations to our 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients.  ..

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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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New Mexico First Announces Spirit of Bipartisanship Award Recipients

The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series on June 25 in Albuquerque. “This organization is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,” said Janet Green, selection committee chair. “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy above partisan politics.”  ..

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